The next, and last, group of moustaches are all very similar to me – the lampshade, painter’s brush, pyramidal and toothbrush – they just involve a little trimming at the sides, which is sometimes hard to see in photos. Of course the toothbrush is more recognizable, it's quite thick and shaved to be about an inch wide. The most famous toothbrush moustache is undoubtedly this one:
|Adolph Hilter with toothbrush moustache|
|Laurel and Hardy c. 1930s|
Before Hardy, of course, there was Charlie Chaplin. Although often referred to as a toothbrush moustache, his was actually more pyramidal:
|Charlie Chaplin in The Circus, 1928|
|Hitler sans moustache, imagined by Tess Kincaid|
|Hitler, far right, with WWI comrades|
Neither the toothbrush or pyramidal styles seem all that popular at present, probably because they are just so identifiable with the men above, although here is a photo of George Clooney in the movie 'Men who stare at Goats" (2009) with a pyramidal moustache.
And George Orwell, with almost a straight edged paintbrush.
You could also call the above moustache an 'English', with the gap in the middle.
and from the 1950s:
The 'Painter’s brush' is a thick moustache covering the width of the mouth, usually worn short, with slightly rounded corners, and looks a bit like a short Chevron. Here's a photo of a young Robert Deniro sporting a paintbrush moustache.
The Lampshade moustache is similar to the “painter’s brush,” but with corners angled slightly, resembling the shape of a lampshade, and is very hard to find examples of, so excuse me! The Pencil moustache, however, is a different story. This thin, narrow, closely clipped moustache outlines the upper lip and is also sometimes called a “mouth-brow.” It was very popular in the 1920s and 30s. Here are some examples:
|A young Vincent Price|
|Clark Gable c. 1939|
and from the 1950s:
The last moustache style is the Walrus, which lives up to its name - a large, bushy, droopy moustache that hangs down over the lips, often entirely covering the mouth. Very hard to kiss, I would imagine.....
Nietzsche, Philosopher, 1844-1900
William Wallace Denslow ( 1856-1915) American designer, illustrator & cartoonist
Henry Lawson (1867 - 1922) Australian writer and poet, c. 1902.
So there you have it, the short guide to moustaches. Of course there are many more, and new styles seem to be invented everyday - just look at the 'Batstache'. I think my husband is going towards the paintbrush, but maybe a Chevron if he keeps growing it. He is a little to shy to appear on my blog, but you can check out his Movember page here.
Enjoy the last few days of Movember everyone!